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Amazing and True Animal Stories

Amazing and True Animal Stories

I’m sure you’ve heard people say that dogs are man’s best friend.Animal Stories When you read some of these books, you’ll discover that there are a lot of animals that have been man’s best friend as well as best friends to each other! Who would have thought that a deer and a dog or a dog and a duck could be friends?

Some of these animals just have the best life stories. Some are famous, like Koko the gorilla that learned Puppy Love True Stories of DevotionAmerican Sign Language. Or the 21 elephants that walked across the Brooklyn Bridge when it was built, just to prove it was safe! Or Eclipse, the dog in Seattle that learned how to catch the bus to the dog park all by himself!

Check out some of these books for amazing stories about some special members of the animal kingdom.


Unlikely Animal Friendships:

Tarra and BellaSuryia and RoscoeOwen and MzeeRickie and HenryOne Big Happy FamilyTwo BobbiesKate and PippinLenore Finds a FriendThe Tiger Cubs and the ChimpUnlikely Friendships The Leopard and the CowUnlikely Friendships The Dog and the PigletUnlikely Friendships The Monkey and the Dove

Loyal Friends to People:

Stubby the War DogFinding WinnieHachiko the True Story of a Loyal DogHelen Keller's Best Friend BelleEmi and the Rhinocerous ScientistLittle Dog LostKoko LoveJack and JillMidnightStep Right UpTuesday Takes Me ThereTuesday Tucks Me InRags Hero Dog of World War IDarling Mercy Dog of World War IFly Cher Ami FlyWar DogsNubsBunny the Brave War HorseHachiko WaitsDadblamed Union Army CowThe Donkey of Gallipoli

Amazing True Animal Stories:

Bob the Railway DogClara the True Story of the Rhinocerous Who Dazzled KingsDog on BoardDozer's RunElephants Can Paint TooHerbertEllie's Long WalkFaithful ElephantsElizabeth Queen of the SeasHope for WinterIvanThe Giraffe That Walked to ParisLily a True Story of CourageLooking for MizaOut of the WoodsQueenieSaving the Baghdad ZooShep Our Most Loyal DogStayJumbo the Most Famous Elephant in the WorldThe World's Greatest ElephantWonder HorseZeraffa Giraffa
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Like Charlotte’s Web

Like Charlotte’s Web

Charlotte's Web

If you like Wilbur and Charlotte and the rest of the animals in Uncle Homer’s barn, you might like some of these stories that give animals voices and give YOU a peek into their world. I wonder every day what my dog might be thinking. I like these stories that imagine what an animal might think and if it could talk, what it would say to it’s friends. I especially like these stories when the animals become a character I can love. Who would have thought a spider could be as lovable as Charlotte? In these stories mice, a cricket, a cat, a rabbit & even a gorilla let us know what might be going on in their furry heads and in their beating hearts (which is what they have in common with US!)

The One and Only Ivan The Cricket in Times Square Babe the Gallant Pig Bunnicula
Catwings Stuart Little Abel's Island I Freddy
Ben and Me The Mouse and the Motorcycle Whittington
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Masters of Disguise

Masters of Disguise

Masters of Disguise

Masters of Disquise is a finalist in the non-fiction category for the CYBILS Awards, 2016! More Finalists

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If you are interested in animals at all or have studied them at school, you are probably familiar with animal camouflage – the ability for an animal to hide itself because its coloring makes it blend in to its environment. Sometimes, this also involves actively changing color to match the environment, like a chameleon.

Masters of Disguise is about some animals that take camouflage to the next level. They wear disguises or act like other things – they are great fakers! One spider makes a fake spider bigger than itself, and then moves it like a puppet to scare predators away. Amazing animal tricksters is right!

One question I always have is, “how do they do that?” This book answers that question. The amazing ability of each animal to disguise itself is described, but then you can also read the science behind the story. You also get to meet the scientists and see how they studied the animals to figure out how their disguises worked. Fascinating. Cool pictures too. Written and Illustrated by Rebecca L. Johnson.

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More Books About Animal Camouflage:

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Pink is for Blobfish

Pink is for Blobfish

 

Pink is for Blobfish is a finalist in the non-fiction category for the CYBILS Awards, 2016! More Finalists

“The World of Weird Animals” says it all. I have never even heard of cybils-2016-round-150a blobfish, but there one is, right on the cover. The animals in this book are all unusual, and oddly, they are all pink! If you like the Animal Kingdom and learning about the diversity there, this is a really fun book. Each animal has a full page picture so you can see every detail of their interesting and unusual bodies. Each animal also gets a page of interesting facts, kind of like a baseball card. The facts cover species name, size, diet, habitat & predator threats. as well as some surprising stories about how the animal lives. This isn’t a book that overwhelms you with information. It isn’t the kind that includes everything you need for a report, although it would help with one. Instead, it shows you amazing members of the Animal Kingdom and makes you smile and say, “Oh!….wow!” By Jess Keating. Illustrated by David DeGrand.

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Books about Animal Colorations:

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Series: My Life is a Zoo

Jess Keating also has a series of fiction books, My Life is a Zoo, about twelve-year-old Ana whose zoologist parents move her whole family into a zoo.

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Giant Squid

Giant Squid

Giant Squid

Giant Squid is a finalist in the non-fiction category for the CYBILS Awards, 2016! More Finalists

The eyes of a giant squid can be as big as a soccer ball. Seriously. I don’t want to think cybils-2016-round-150about giant squid when I am at the beach! In a book though, they are so interesting. Even though giant squid start out bite-sized, just two inches long, they grow to be HUGE. Their tentacles can be up to 40 FEET long. And giant squid are stealthy. They move quietly, like a submarine.

Giant squid live so far down in the ocean scientists didn’t really know very much about them until recently. In the video below with the title “Rare Giant Squid Encounter,” you can watch scientists see a giant squid for the first time interacting with one of their deep sea cameras. It is fun to watch how excited the scientists are.

Scientists and engineers have figured out how to send drones to Mars to study it and have just as much of a challenge figuring out how to successfully study the deepest parts of the ocean right here on earth. The ocean is so deep, lack of oxygen, the darkness, and the pressure per square inch make it as inhospitable to humans as a different planet!

When you watch the giant squid in the video, it looks so beautiful and graceful, like its arms are dancing. And then you read this book and find out even their TONGUES have teeth. Yikes! (A drawing of the tongue.) The giant squid, ferocious and beautiful all wrapped up in one mysterious, enormous creature. Find out what makes this creature so elegant..and deadly…in Giant Squid by Candace Fleming, illustrations by Eric Rohmann.

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More Books About Giant Squid:

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